Teacher perceptions of the role and value of excursions in years 7-10 geography education in Victoria, Australia

Munday, Penny 2008, Teacher perceptions of the role and value of excursions in years 7-10 geography education in Victoria, Australia, International research in geographical and environmental education, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 146-169.

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Title Teacher perceptions of the role and value of excursions in years 7-10 geography education in Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Munday, Penny
Journal name International research in geographical and environmental education
Volume number 17
Issue number 2
Start page 146
End page 169
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Clevedon, England
Publication date 2008-05
ISSN 1038-2046
1747-7611
Keyword(s) excursions
field trips
geography
social studies
Study of Society and Environment (SOSE)
teacher perceptions
Summary Excursions are extremely important to the education of students in the geography curriculum. However, personal observations demonstrated a lack of readiness to conduct excursions in secondary schools. This apprehension of the teachers in this school to implement excursions in geography education was the basis for this study. The study addresses the importance of excursions in education and the roles and values that teachers place on excursions in years 7-10 geography curriculum. Quantitative research was conducted in the form of a questionnaire on a wide range of Study of Society and Environment (SOSE) teachers in secondary schools. The research population consisted of 60 teachers from both rural and urban schools across Victoria. The findings of this study showed that teachers conduct on average one to two excursions per class per year, teachers understand the importance of excursions in geography education and they find planning difficult, but work collaboratively with other teachers to overcome these issues. Other barriers include transportation, student behaviour and cost. With a firm grounding in the conceptual theories and state-level policies of geography education, the conduct of excursions was found to be both difficult and rewarding by teachers in Victoria.
Language eng
Field of Research 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, P. Munday
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017366

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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